Before we start on erotic capital – let’s get this straight. I wish I had the erotic capital of the woman above. More likely I have the erotic capital of a toad.
But now let’s rewind – you may have heard the term “erotic capital” pinged about in the media of late and wondering what on earth does this mean?
Coined by a journalist called Catherine Hakim in Prospect Magazine, it’s apparently “a nebulous but crucial combination of physical and social attractiveness. ”
“Erotic capital goes beyond beauty to include sex appeal, charm and social skills, physical fitness and liveliness, sexual competence and skills in self-presentation, such as face-painting, hairstyles, clothing and all the other arts of self-adornment.”
And it’s been used by the likes of everyone from Kim Kardashian to Michelle Obama.
Yes, apparently erotic capital is just as valuable as a university degree for us women (eherm, really?).
But hang on a minute – I’m worried. Truth be told, since becoming a mum (and yes, apparently it takes us mums 18 months to feel like a woman again...errr…or perhaps maybe more!), I have a distinct feeling that whatever erotic capital I had is now firmly on the floor. I mean, surely food-stained clothes, greasy hair, a furry mum bush, withered boobs, wrinkly tummy and knickers that are probably way beyond ten years old can’t amount to much in the way of erotic capital?
After all, I can’t remember the last time a builder wolf whistled at me (not that that’s a sign of erotic capital, I’m guessing), or someone looked at me with a smidge or “hellllllo there” as opposed to contempt for a supermarket tantrum or my bumbling melted mum brain syndrome ways.
So if all these fabulous high profile ladies are just oozing with erotic capital, what does that leave us everyday bedraggled mums with? Are we just low on erotic capital, in overdraft, or do we need to perhaps take out a massive erotic capital mortgage to ever be in a chance of getting on the erotic capital ladder? Answers on a postcard please!
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